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This account of missionary Hudson Taylor's amazing life has been a soul-searching inspiration to many. (More than 269,000 in print)
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 30th 1955 by Moody Publishers (first published 1955)
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Nov 23, 2008 Kris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: followers of Jesus
Recommended to Kris by: Linda Capps
What a life! J. Hudson Taylor is one of my heroes. My wife and I were so moved by this life of faith as we read it in this particular book that we unanimously decided to name our first son after him. The fact that the book was written by his grandson just makes it that much more effective.
This book is valuable. It is not a page-turner. But it will get you thinking about the type of power (or weakness?) it takes to abide in the Almighty. The biography is truely remarkable... but as the title suggests, it is the understanding that Hudson Taylor arrived at that is worth more than just a recounting of events. He learned, as far as I can tell, to truely abide in Christ. The one line that stood out the most to me was this, written to his sister:

"How great seemed my mistake in wishing...more
Jean Wilund
When I read this book, I kept finding myself stopping and meditating on what I'd read. It is written by his son and daughter-in-law...who better to write it than those who truly knew him best. His faith in God's daily work in his life was staggering. My understanding of Jesus' teaching on the vine and the branches in John 15 has been transformed as if a light came on. It's the best teaching on it I've ever read! This book could be used as a text book on life-changing faith. There is so much to a...more
Hudson Taylor + China.
A tad bit romanticized.
Still very encouraging.

"Fruit-bearing involves cross-bearing. There are not two Christs-- an easy-going one for easy-going Christians, and a suffering, toiling one for exceptional believers. There is only one Christ. Are you willing to abide in Him, and thus to bear much fruit" (237)?
Eric Wright
Inspiring book that had considerable influence in my early years of seeking God's will concerning missions.
Marty Purks
"God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply", Hudson Taylor's model for Fund Raising
chapter 14. enough said.
Joshua Ray
I often think that God must have been looking for someone small enough and weak enough for Him to use, and that He found me. -Hudson Taylor

This week I finished reading Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret. I've been reading more biographies lately, specifically of missionaries and other great men of faith. My interest was piqued when I read Eric Metaxas' Bonhoeffer but didn't really become a priority until reading Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot. I was deeply impacted by both of these men...more
This is the biography of Hudson Taylor - the first inland Christian missionary to China.� I read this book as a teenager for the first time, and I saw for the first time a human being who had completely given himself to God.� In so doing, Taylor experiences some of the most intense demonstrations of God’s presence and power, but he also must endure many tragedies - such as losing two children and a wife largely due to his vocational calling.� But he remains faithful.

� The “secret” that changed T...more
I love hearing the life stories of other Christians. This was interesting, informative and reminded me of Rees Howells: Intercessor, another book I really enjoyed. I was supposed to write a book report on it, which I never finished (and don't care about), but here's the extent of what I wrote:

“Spiritual Secret of Hudson Taylor” follows the life of Hudson Taylor, an English missionary to China in the mid to late 1800s. This is a good book and I do like it. I love hearing about the lives of other...more
Aug 08, 2008 Tom rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I read this book with curiosity, looking for the spiritual secret of this great man of God. I wanted to discover what it was that he had found that made his a great man of God. Simply put, he had learned to enjoy the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus promised that if you believed and trusted in Him, He would always be in and with you, that you would be held safe and secure in His hand, that nothing would ever be able to take you from Him. To Hudson Taylor these were not just word...more
"Hudson Taylor did not start out to impact "millions." He started out to love God, to honor Him, and to share His love with individual sinners who needed so desperately to know Him. Jesus called Taylor (and us) to be 'faithful,' not 'successful.' And God added the increase."

This book was written by Taylor's son Howard and his wife. Hudson Taylor deeply sensed God's call and a desire to serve Him from the time of his conversion as a teenager. Early on he believed it was China that God would have...more
Amazing book. I really enjoyed this book and blasted through it in no time. I am very inspired by Hudson Taylor, and while I was already very familiar with him, this book gives great insight into his life and ministry. I was most impressed with his faith an humility. His faith that God would provide in every circumstance no matter how difficult it seemed, is unparalleled. I especially admire his refusal to ever ask for money for his mission, instead he always turned to prayer when they had finan...more
Dave Johnson
wow. i just put down this book after reading its last page. wow.

this is one of those books that gains momentum from start to finish. it just got better every chapter. it's also a book that i believe would impact every christian's life, but few would probably even think about reading, because this is a biography of a missionary. so, the mindset goes, "if i'm not a missionary or would-be missionary, why would i read this?" valid question, i guess. here's the answer: even though this is the story...more
I really enjoyed this book. The writing style was engaging and kept moving throughout Taylor's life. There were quotes in here that I will definitely be remembering. Overall, an interesting overview of Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission's ministry.
However, this book suffers the great flaw that Christian biographies seem to be so prone to. It portrays a whitewashed version of Hudson Taylor. Quite frankly, we're all still sinners, so acting as if this man got saved and lived a perfectly co...more
Thomas Freeman
This book is high on my recommended list.

It's not too hard a read for young people.

I read this book at a time when I was able to really identify with much of Hudson Taylor's struggles to find consistency and encouragement in his spiritual growth. The first half of the book is great and really details how he came to know the Lord and give everything he had to seriously following Christ. This included an almost fanatical devotion to all "christian" activities. However, his commitment was not enou...more
Gary B
Parts of this were very interesting. I was particularly taken by the chapter on "The Exchanged Life". I'm still mulling over that.

A couple of things jumped out at me:
"You must sometimes be tempted to be proud because of the wonderful way God has used you. I doubt if any man living has had greater honor." "On the contrary," was the earnest reply, "I often think that God must have been looking for someone small enough and weak enough for Him to use, and that He found me.

How few of the Lord's peopl...more
Josh Crews
This book will persist in my book top 5 books for eternity. (I expect. I suppose there is somewhat of a recency bias.)

I started the book expecting to read a missionary biography of a major missionary of China. What I read was account after account of a mighty God who supplies every need and answers the specific prayers of his children who ask on Jesus's account.

The account is written by his son/daughter-in-law based in a narration of his and other's personal letters. The picture of Hudson Taylor...more
Stephanie Osborne
Favorite chapter: the exchanged life
It's inspiring that one known for his deep love and devotion for God, one who lived sacrificially to save lost souls, wrestled with the same things as the "average" Christian. He tried and tried to live up to holy expectations but it was burdensome and joy was fleeting. But, how great the relief and joy and peace as he came to understand the meaning of abiding in Christ. The contrast in his life was striking. I'm challenged and inspired.
This is an excellent biography of a remarkable man. The honor and esteem which the author, Taylor's son, felt for his father is evident. Well-written and full of memorable quotes from Taylor, the book depicts a man whose life was characterized by trust--trust in his Heavenly Father to meet all of his needs; trust that he and those he loved were always in the competent care of his Heavenly Father, whether in life or in death; and trust that his Heavenly Father was willing and able to fulfill all...more
Randall Pratt
This is still one of my all-time favorite books. But at this point in my life, the reading of it was even more meaningful than all the previous times. I think it is because I finally have something of an understanding of what Hudson Taylor referred to as "the exchanged life." Why did it take me so long to see what he was talking about?

Anyway, this book chronicles the life of Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission (now Overseas Missionary Fellowship). Reading it this time, I was reall...more
John Martindale
Wow, this is such a good book. God definitely used it in my life. Hudson Taylor is a true spiritual hero and his life inspired me. he endured so much suffering and heart-break and yet God was faithful through it and used the ministry he started in profound ways. I try to get a better glimpse of how God works in the world, by reading stories of missionaries. It seems somehow everything imaginable goes wrong and yet out from the anguish and ashes comes victories. indeed God won't remove the flood...more
Matt Galyon

Reading through this excellent story of the birth of China Inland Mission and the life of Hudson Taylor was inspiring. His devotion to real, honest prayer is a challenge for all believers today.
Biography of Hudson Taylor, missionary to China. Challenging read and incredible to read of his faith and perseverence.

Most challenging take-away for me was the part when Taylor was talking with a new Chinese Christian. The man asked him how long people in the West had known about Christ. Taylor answered that they had known for centuries. The Chinese man asked why it had taken so long for them to come to China. His father had died without ever hearing about Jesus. Very challenging and thought p...more
James Harmeling
This classic condensation of the authors' larger 2 volume biography should be read every few years to help believers return to the simplicity of trust in God's power and kindness. Hudson Taylor was one of the great saints of the church who was used by God to accomplish much during his lifetime as well as afterwards in pioneering missions in China. My copy was originally owned by my wife's aunt who served in Japan for four decades as a missionary school teacher. I am taking my oldest daughter thr...more
Barry Wallace
The testimony of Hudson Taylor was influential in the lives of later missionaries like Amy Carmichael (1867–1951), Eric Liddell (1902–1945), and Jim Elliot (1927–1956). Elizabeth Elliot once said:

"When I was a college student my father lent me the two-volume life of Hudson Taylor." [not this book] "Another college student, Jim Elliot, read it too and this was one of the great things he and I had in common—a huge hunger for that sort of godliness, for a true missionary heart."

(From http://thecrip...more
This is a great book that tells the story of Hudson Taylor and how he founded the China Inland Mission. His "Spiritual Secret" was the exchanged life - Christ living in him, that made all the difference in his life of service. A whole chapter is devoted to this subject. He writes:
"There was no thought of imitation now! It was in blessed reality "Christ liveth in me." And how great the difference! -instead of bondage, liberty; instead of failure, quiet victories within; instead of fear and weakn...more
Inspiring. There's a reason these stories — histories, really — need to be preserved and passed on to the next generation. Life-changing, if taken to heart.
Crossroads Ecc
Excerpt from Chip Ingram's thoughts: "Taylor was a missionary to China in the late 1800s and his life is filled with life-changing lessons about faith, God’s heart for the lost, and the courage to be innovative in fulfilling the Great Commission. Taylor founded the China Inland Mission, which still exists today as the Overseas Missionary Fellowship." Our plan is to be reading this book together in May of 2012.
Jake Gamble
This biography by Taylor's son, Howard, is maybe one of the more influential books I've ever read. Taylor's mission to China, his lifestyle, incarnational living, heart for the lost, and commitment to prayer have shaped me drastically. So glad I started my year off with this book. Would recommend it to any and everyone as an example of passion. Especially to believers as an example of mission.
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Born Frederick Howard Taylor aka F. Howard Taylor.
The son of James Hudson Taylor, missionary to China. Howard Taylor was also became a missionary in China. He was married to Geraldine Taylor, aka Mrs. Howard Taylor.
More about Howard Taylor...
Hudson Taylor: In Early Years- The Growth of a Soul Biography of James Hudson Taylor J. Hudson Taylor: God's Man in China  Hudson Taylor: The Growth of a Soul/Work of God Hudson Taylor and The China Inland Mission: Volume 2: The Growth of a Work of God

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“But Hudson Taylor, young though he was, had learned to know God in a very real way. He had seen Him, as he wrote, quell the raging of a storm at sea, in answer to definite prayer, alter the direction of the wind, and give rain in a time of drought. He had seen Him, in answer to prayer, stay the hand of would-be murderers and quell the violence of enraged men. He had seen Him rebuke sickness in answer to prayer, and raise up the dying, when all hope of recovery seemed gone. For more than eight years he had proved His faithfulness in supplying the needs of his family and work in answer to prayer, unforeseen as many of those needs had been. How could he but encourage others to put their trust in the love that can not forget, the faithfulness that can not fail?” 0 likes
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